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Into The Unknown - Out of the Shadows

Into The Unknown
Out of the Shadows
by Marcos "Big Daddy" Garcia at 22 December 2017, 10:18 AM

There are times when my personal friends in Metal and my colleagues from the media ask why I have such bitter relationship with bands that try to play the old formats from the 80s and 70s. My point is extremely simple: I am an old Metalhead, I researched and heard a lot Hard Rock and Rock ‘n’ Roll from the 60s and 70s, all Metal genres that arose on the 80s and 90s. So, to lure me is a very difficult work, and I have the same idea: if you’re not creating something of your own, you are copying. INTO THE UNKNOWN is a band that tries to build something new, but on “Out of the Shadows” we hear that are on the right way, but aren’t there yet.

It’s just a Hard Rock with that same old formula used on the past, clearly on the beginning of the 70s. It’s melodic and tender, with charming harmonies, simple instrumental technique and very good vocals, and as there aren’t secrets on the old ways anymore, what they show isn’t new at all. It’s good, but could be better than we hear on the album. On the sound quality of the album is where their greatest problem lies: to sound in such raw and filth way with a melodic work as their music is not right. A cleaner sound would fit better, just keeping that essential rawness that comes from the instrumental tunes. Maybe a producer that’s not into the band would be a good choice on the next time.

Musically, they have a very charming work, but as their technical work is not so complex, they could be a little more courageous, to defy the old paradigms and search for something that sounds completely different from what we heard many times before. But for now, the heavy impact from the melodies of “Real Life Superman”, the filth riffs from the energetic “Why Me?”, the very good musical arrangements of “Monsters”, the introspective harmonies and beautiful vocals of “Someone Like You”, the nasty energy that flows from “Once”, and the charming instrumental of “Do What You Want to” are their best songs. Of course, their versions for Chris de Burghs“Don’t Pay the Ferryman” and Miles Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” are very good as well, but in a 11 songs album, the best choice would be just one cover.

They are a good band that has a promising work, and in the future can be great.

Originality: 4
Songwriting: 8
Memorability: 6
Production: 6

3 Star Rating

1. Don’t Pay the Ferryman
2. Real Life Superman
3. Why Me?
4. We Are One
5. Monsters
6. Someone Like You
7. Wrecking Ball
8. Once
9. Breaking My Heart
10. Do What You Want to
11. Demons and Angels
Lucie Hölzlová - Vocals
Ryan Atkins - Guitars
Rupert Withers - Bass
Record Label: Vigilante Records


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